Thursday, December 22, 2011

MOPS Worker's Gifts

I wanted to share with you the gift that we made during one of our MOPS meetings for our Moppets workers for Christmas.  We wanted to give them something to show we appreciated, but of course, we were on a limited budget for the year.
The Sparta MOPS right now has three round tables that we sit at for our meetings, so we divided making the bags into three different chores.  One table made the cocoa and bagged it up, one table made the card on the front, and the other table assembled and bagged everything up.  I wasn't sure how this would work out for us, but it went really smoothly and we had a great time working together, too!

 So, the inside of the bag had hot cocoa, a bag of mini marshmallows, a candy cane, peppermint stirring sticks, Hershey's kisses and Andes mints.

We had a cute poem that I found on the internet, but now I can't find it.  I am so sorry to whomever I stole it at this point.  I had it earmarked and for the life of me, I can't find it again!  Here's what it says:

Was told you've been real good this year,
Always glad to hear it.
With freezing weather drawing near,
You'll need to warm the spirit.  
So here's a little Snowman Soup,
Complete with stirring stick.
Just add hot water, sip it slow,
It's sure to do the trick!

We asked if there were people in our group if they wanted to contribute ingredients to make these, and we got donations for everything, except the bags!  We made enough so that each Mom in the group could take one home, plus six extras for our Moppets workers for around $4!  Not bad for Christmas gifts!

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I'm sure most of you have been busy getting ready for the Christmas season, as I have also!  I've been so busy with getting my gifts made and some other major life changes, which I can't go into quite yet, that I haven't been posting as much as I'd like to.  I'm going to share one of the gifts I've been making for my daughter.  She asked for a large purse, so when I saw this pattern at I am Mama Hear Me Roar for a Tohoku bag, I knew that I had found a great purse for her.  I hope that she likes it, because I am very excited about it!It has a pleat in the front and I did the droopy bow.

I added a pocket with a larger section and a cell phone section.

 The material was from some that I had on hand.  The black, red, and white is a wool material and the top section is from a skirt that was gorgeous, but didn't look right on me.  It has a very fine pin stripe in it.  The inside of the purse is lined with the skirt lining - a satin.
 I made the handle out of the skirt belt.  I think that it turned out great and cost me nothing!

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Jesse Tree Update

I thought I would share an update of what we did for our Jesse Tree.  I put up our biggest fake tree in the middle island between the kitchen and living room with just lights on it, and then each day, we'll update it with the new ornaments.  I actually made three copies of the ornaments, so that we can use two, and then I'll save a hard copy for next year, if I want.

Oh, my daughter made the wreath at MOPS last week, so that had to be added to the Jesse Tree!  Cute, huh?

Here's a closer look at the ornament.  It's really simple and cheap to make.  I just used some leftover scrapbook paper, cut into a 3"x3" square and then used a Corner Rounder to make the corners pretty.

If you missed that link, here's the post for the Free Jesse Tree Printable!  Don't forget to check out those blogs that I love to link up to on the right column.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Free Jesse Tree Printables

I don't have a picture for this project, because I am going to do it for the very first time starting December 1st, but I wanted to share it with you also, so you can use it too.  The best thing is that it is free to do with your kids.  

I don't know if you know what a Jesse Tree is, but the printable actually describes it for you.  Basically, you can read a scripture story to your young children, while they color a corresponding ornament.  You cut them out and attach it to a 3"x3" card stock or scrapbook paper and hang them from a tree.  I think it's a great way to focus your kid's perception of Christmas onto the actual story of Christ.  

Here's the link: Jesse Tree Ornaments

Sunday, November 27, 2011

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Shabby Birdie

I just wanted to share with you a little shabby birdie that I included with an order for someone on Etsy.  It is going with four of my Chenille Stockings - so I made it all white to go with them.  I am trying to just go the extra mile with my orders for my Etsy shop, so thought it would be exciting to get a Christmas ornament that I wasn't expecting.
 I used a scrap of the Chenille to make the bird body and then a scrap of a floral cotton for the wing.
 I little stuffing makes this little birdie seem more real.
I especially love the clear antique button, with it's original threads still in the holes.  Love it!

Let me know what you think and check out the blogs I love to link up to on the right column.  Oh, and if you are inclined, please check out my Etsy Shop.  I've been listing a lot of things for Christmas gifts.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ruffles and Burlap

As you know, I have been getting busy for a craft show with some friends this last weekend.  One of the things that I really wanted to make, but just didn't get to was a burlap table runner.  So one hour before set up, I set out to make a burlap table runner with ruffles.  This turned out to be my absolute favorite item that I made, and of course it sold!  I thought I would share this beauty!It was 17 inches X 55 inches long.  It went the whole length of my table and had some hanging over.

 I put ruffles on each end of the runner.  The burlap was from a coffee sack and the ruffle from the edge of the material I used to back a quilt a few years back.  It was already cut and folded in half, so it was perfect for this project.
 I measured it out to have this stripe down the middle of the runner.  It was down the middle of the sack.
I love the fact that it even had some markings from use.  Give sit more character.

I am going to have to make some more of these for sure...what do you think?  Make sure to check out some of the blogs in the right column that I love to link up to.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Sparta Craft Show

Just wanted to invite everyone in the Sparta area to the craft show at the Sparta High School tomorrow from 9am-4pm.  I have been crafting like crazy trying to add to a friends booth and make a little money.  I just wanted to share with you what the booth looks like.  We have a lot of stuff!

The book wreath, burlap table runner, green table runner, and  06 birdhouse are mine.

The lathe star and the book paper garland are mine.

I made the pumpkin and the book chalkboard easels

More of my lathe stars

Seasonal Blocks and white set of pumpkins

Snowman Books and a peek at my Joy blocks

Three of my paper trees

Snowman and my snow blocks

Noel blocks and my Chenille pillow

My orange pumpkins (actually the top orange one is made by my 7yo!)

Monday, October 31, 2011

31 Days: Day 31 - Reusable Snack Bag

It's really hard to believe that today is the last day!  It is sort of bittersweet - it will be nice to take a day off, but it was very exciting to come up with new ideas each day.  It has been a big challenge to keep up and yet this has really challenged me to find my creativity.  I feel much more comfortable with my creating!  

Today's should be something huge, but hey - I'm all about keeping gifts real and simple.  This one in fact, is very practical, but I think that any Mommy or young one will love to have these cute little snack bags that are reusable.

Last Friday, a new cereal box was opened (OK, this happens about every other day here.) but I asked my son to wash out the bag inside the box out.  I went to grab it today, and Mr. Right thought that it was garbage over the weekend and pitched it!  Well, I did what any other craft crazy Mom would do -  I opened a brand new box and emptied it into a Tupperware, so I could have that bag!
 I also took out some much coveted Packers material I've been hoarding in my material stash.
 I cut out a piece of the material and the plastic in a 12"x6" piece.
 Fold each piece in half, matching up the short ends, and sew down the two sides.  The plastic is a little slippery.  I found if I started from the fold side, it stayed together a little better.
 Press the material with the right side - but not the plastic!  This will be the last time you can press it, because you don't want to melt the plastic.
 Then you need to clip the edges of the plastic down to 1/8" away from the seam.  Put the material inside the plastic bag, lining up the seams and right sides together.  Sew around the top edge, leaving a couple of inches open to turn the bag inside out.
 Flip the bag inside out and finger press - not with the iron! Pin a 4 1/2" piece of Velcro near the top edge of the bag on the inside.  Sew close to the edge all the way around the bag, closing the opening and attaching the Velcro at the same time.  Sew another seam all the way around the bottom of the Velcro.
 Here's what the inside looks like - all water proof and food safe, because Cheerios come in this bag!
 Of course the outside, showing off it's Packer spirit!  Won't a little boy love this for Christmas!
I hope that you truly enjoyed this series and have gotten started on your Christmas presents.  May your holiday season be handmade, too!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

31 Days: Day 30 - Felt Food

 Today's gift is for a young child - I would say little girl, but to be honest my son gets just as much joy out playing with the kitchen and pretend food.  I did an easy one today, because I want to see if I could figure this one out for doing for our MOPS group this year.  I think that it would be fun to make some pasta for our toddlers.  I found this wonderful site that has a list of free tutorials, so find the food you'd like to make for your little one here.
 I am going to show you bow-tie pasta.  Cut a 1 1/2" strip of felt of your choice.  I am making whole wheat pasta today.  The green kind looked really cute in the tutorial I used.  The tutorial said to cut the strip first and then use the pinking shears to make the edge, but I used the pinking shears to cut it and saved myself a step.
 Then use a regular scissors to cut 1 inch wide strips.
 I first tried to sew the bow-ties together, but found it hard to hide the knots.  I went to fabric glue and had a moment of brilliance!  I used clothes pins to hold it in place!  You want to fold the bow-tie into a W shape.
Here's my new invention for a tool!  lol!
Here's what it looks like when it's done.  This is the sewn one - the rest are drying as of this post.

Hope you enjoyed this idea.  Tomorrow is the final post in this 31 Days series.  I am hoping that you will find it helpful with plenty of time to get them done before the end of the holiday season.

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